Now, thanks to YouTube, when people ask me where I work I can just send them this link:
(I figure since it’s got over 30,000 views I might as well jump on the bandwagon.)
Today is Ronald Reagan’s birthday, and to celebrate the occasion John McCain’s presidential campaign sent out an email from Trent Lott — which makes sense, because I can’t think of anyone whose opinion is more valued when it comes to which politicians we should admire.
That email reminded me of another message I got recently from the McCain campaign. Here’s a screencap:
One of the best practices of sending campaign email which is often overlooked is the importance of the sender and the subject of the email, but a less well-known corollary is that the best way to make sure your email gets read is to completely and totally botch the email beyond recognition. I guess that’s why an email from “SuperUser Account” with the subject “TEST” was something I just had to open.
The body of the email revealed that it was actually a test, but that’s really not something I should find in my inbox since I’m not currently doing any work (paid or otherwise) that would put me in a position to receive those types of things. Intrigued, I did what any good geek would do and checked out the domain the email came from: technomania.com. Turns out that’s the web address being used by McCain’s consultants at “New Media Communications” — they’ve got a rather impressive list of featured political clients who, with the exception of Bush/Cheney ’04, pretty much all went down in flames in 2006.
So far I’ve been very happy with my decision to subscribe to McCain’s email list and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Keep up the great work, you maverick you.
Why does big news always happen when I’m in a bar? Russ Feingold just emailed his list to announce he’s abandoning plans to run for president in 2008. So now we’ve seen Gov. Mark Warner, Feingold and Sen. John Kerry bag the race all in the span of a few weeks.
Oh, wait… Kerry hasn’t announced he’s out, he just doesn’t have a shot after his little gaffe during the final days of the campaign. Pretty wild.
I wonder where Feingold’s supporters go?
Tonight was a victory for Howard Dean’s 50 State Strategy, and I say that while I sit in the Hotel Albuquerque after the victory party for the New Mexico Democratic candidates — and across the table from me is a DNC organizer who would never have been hired had it not been for Dean. And she kicked ass. And Dean kicked ass. We never could have done this without him, and anyone who doesn’t give him his due after tonight is fooling themselves.
Thank you, Howard Dean.
It’s almost 11pm on the night before Election Day, and my absentee ballot still has not arrived from Maryland. It’s ironic that I’ll be denied the opportunity to vote given the line of work I’m in. I’m on the other side of the country, completely helpless and very frustrated. Thanks to Gov. Erhlich and a substandard voting system, the state has been overwhelmed with requests for absentee ballots. People like me who are actually going to be absent get caught in the middle.
This ad, Mr. Lamont goes to Washington, is fantastic. His ads have been the best out there. I hope the people of Connecticut come to their senses over the next few days.
I’ve been on hold with the Montgomery County Board of Elections for 30 minutes. I submitted my request for an absentee ballot a few weeks ago, and I’ve been waiting for it to arrive — still nothing. Today is the deadline to request absentee ballots, and the requests have been pouring in. And the problems seem to be piling on, too.
I’m extremely frustrated this flood of requests wasn’t anticipated since Gov. Ehrlich is the one scaring everyone away from the polls. And if my ballot doesn’t arrive in time for me to vote in this election, I intend to write a very strongly-worded letter to… someone. Not only that, these elected representatives are going to hear from this voter… in four years or so.
CNET’s Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache have assembled a list of some of the worst political websites I’ve seen in a while — although I’m pretty sure I’ve stumbled across a few during this cycle that would rival some of the quality entries in this collection. Hat tip: Joaquin (link goes to his neglected blog).
Some of my favorites are the blog for VA Democrat Shawn O’Donnell written by the candidate’s dog Josie, the sorry excuse for a site maintained by the co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, and the completely goofy Flash animation on Rep. Bob Inglis’s re-election site featuring the congressman dancing across the screen.
But I came across one recently that takes the cake. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs is the Texas Republican lucky enough to be running for former congressman (and future inmate) Tom DeLay in TX-22. She’s got an uphill battle, though, because when DeLay pulled out of the race the courts ruled a replacement could not be added to the ballot — in order to vote for Sekula-Gibbs, voters will have to write her name in. Now she and the GOP are spending bazillions trying to educate the folks in TX-22 about how to write in her name on the ballot come November 7th. They’re attacking this on several fronts, and they’ve even put together a horrific campaign song which has to be heard to be believed.
The NRCC’s contribution to the effort is writeshelley.com, a site with instructions for writing in their candidate’s name in the general election. The site features a Flash animation depicting some sort of monstrosity called an eSlate voting machine — in order to write in a candidate, voters will need to turn a dial to move a cursor across the screen one letter at a time. It’s a lot like adding your name after getting a high score on Donkey Kong, except instead of having to pick three letters you have to spell out the entire name of the candidate. In this case, that’s S-H-E-L-L-E-Y [space] S-E-K-U-L-A [space] G-I-B-B-S. No small task, but probably 10-12 minutes well spent if you’re a diehard Republican who wants to see Shelley carry on DeLay’s legacy of service in the House of Representatives.
Assuming voters can master the technology, their next challenge is to remember how to spell the candidate’s name. Trouble is, the Republicans in Sugar Land, TX, managed to choose someone with a pretty tough name to run as their write-in candidate. And apparently her name is tough enough to stump whoever built the campaign’s website. On every page on the site (except the home page), our pal Shelley’s last name is spelled “Giibs” with two i’s instead of two b’s. See for yourself on the tell-a-friend page, for example.
I guess that’s a long way to go to basically point out that not even Ms. Hyphen’s staff can spell her name, something which seems sort of important when you’re running a write-in campaign. The image is too wide and the post is too long. But it made me laugh when I first saw it and it still does.
Update 10/31: Katie just told me Hyphen’s staff has fixed their “Giibs” mistake. They could at least have left a comment to thank me.